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Connor Park

www.connorparkwinery.com.au

59 Connors Rd, Leichardt, 3516

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5.30)

Ph: (03) 5437 5234

The Lougoon family's Connor Park is a diverse 165 hectare rural property located on the banks of the meandering Bullock Creek. Some of the region's oldest surviving Shiraz vines can be found here.

They were planted in the mid 1960s by Tom Connor, the uncle of the current owner. The small 2 ha vineyard had run wild but fruit was initially sold to a local winery, Passing Clouds.

New varieties began to be added in 1992, and a slump in fruit prices convinced the Lougoons to process some of their Shiraz. Ross, a former Queensland sheep shearer, made the first wines with the assistance of local winemakers.

Recently they have launched a range of Italian varietals. The diverse varietal portfolio now includes: Shiraz, Riesling, Semillon, Barbera, Marsanne, Nebbiolo, Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese, Durif and Mourvedre. They are now exporting to the USA, UK and Malaysia.

The Honour Reserve Shiraz, sourced from the forty old vines, will appeal to those who like their Shiraz big, earthy and sweet.

Connor Park stall
Connor Park at the Federation Square regional showcase
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Connor Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink:2021

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, firm and blocky dark plums and mulberry with eucalyptus and oak spice notes, earthy and medium bodied, fine grained tannins (***)

Connor Park Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, rounded and sweetly fruited lime, passionfruit and red apple with a touch of pineapple, moderately spicy with firm citric acids (***)

Connor Park Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, sweet limes and red apple pulp with nectarine and pineapple notes, modest spiciness, crisp line citrus acid finish (***)

Connor Park Semillon 2012

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, a little broad, green apple, passionfruit and melon, varietal waxy texture with chalky lemony acidity (***)

Connor Park Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, glycerolly and medium bodied palate showing mulberry, blackberry and plum with white pepper and eucalypt notes, rather overt toasty cinnamon, clove and roast coffee oak, fine tannins (***)

Connor Park Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, plummy and medium bodied with white pepper and violet notes, the oak brings some dark chocolate, vanilla and cedar to the finish, fine loose knit tannin in an easy quaffing style (***)

Connor Park Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, fairly ripe and semi-sweet with fresh red apple flavours supplemented with melon and nectarine sweetness, the broad palate is underpinned with lime citrus acids (***)

Connor Park Robbies Blend 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, mainly Shiraz with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, spicy blackberry and liquorice with cinnamon and black pepper notes, medium-full bodied with a heavy emphasis on the chalky texture, choc-mint finish (***1/2)

Connor Park The Honour Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, from some of the oldest surviving vines in the region planted in the mid 1960s, quite lush blackcurrant with a touch of raspberry and prune, white pepper and eucalypt, medium-full bodied with good fruit depth, the18 months in French oak brings rich smoky/cedar/chocolate/coffee features to the finish, as with the 2004 it is just a touch too ripe for a higher score (****)

Connor Park Sangiovese 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, savoury plum and raspberry, spicy and medium-full bodied with lots of dark chocolate, some acid grip, trying too hard to be a Shiraz for my taste (***)

Connor Park The Honour Reserve Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, from some of the oldest surviving vines in the region planted in the mid 1960s, full bodied and earthy blackcurrant with a touch of raspberry, white pepper and eucalypt, good fruit depth, 18 months in French oak to match the power of the fruit, one for long term cellaring, just a touch too ripe for a higher score (****)

Connor Park Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, earthy blackcurrant and plum with eucalypt and pepper features, creamy smooth and medium bodied with well integrated American oak, fine grained tannins, better fruit expression than the jammy 2003 vintage (***1/2)

Connor Park Durif 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, concentrated blackberry and prune with some dried herb and anise notes, subtle cedary oak, fresh acid and firm tannins although not too aggressive, hot finish from 15.5% alcohol (***1/2)

Connor Park Sparkling Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, spicy blackcurrant and chocolate aromas, the fruity and yeasty palate is well supported with subtle oak tannins, dry finish, fine bead (***)

Connor Park Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, raspberry and plum with some anise hints, medium bodied although the fruit definition is a bit jammy, plenty of acid, subtle but sweet coconut-cedar oak with a touch of cigar box (***)

Connor Park Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, bright and fragrant fruit bowl with lemon, lychee and pear flavours with ample mid-palate spiciness, dry finish lacking enough structure (***)

Connor Park Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, sweet cassis and liqueur plum, jammy with some underlying dried berbal complexity, sweet cedar-vanilla oak, hot finish, 15.5% alcohol (***)